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Taking the railway through Killesbergpark in Stuttgart

Hi guys! There is nothing better than reviving childhood memories, is there? When I was a child, my grandma took me to Killesbergpark in Stuttgart every summer  and I loved riding the tiny railway they have up there. And a little while ago, I totally felt like taking that train again!

Train Schwabenpfeil at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart

It was a sunny weekend and my friend Cathy and I decided to spend Saturday afternoon at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart. Killesberg is a public park (no entrance fees!) of around 120 acres in the north of Stuttgart. It was build in 1939 when a horticultural show took place. You might remember Killesberg from  one of my articles in 2013 where I visited the new quarter “Think K”. But this time, we were not there for the architecture but for the beautiful flowers and – of course – the train!

We took a stroll through the park first and enjoyed the the sun and the flowers:

Blooming flowers at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart

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Killesbergpark in Stuttgart with the tourist tower

The contest of the most beautiful dahlia is taking place at the moment.


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Dahlia at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart

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Until October 10th you can vote for your favorite flower.


And on October 12th, you can purchase a bouquet of dahlias for a good cause at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart. The money raised on that day will be donated.

We headed on and paid the goats and ponies of the petting zoo a visit…

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…said “hi” to the flamingos (Yep, flamingos. In a park in Stuttgart. Anymore questions? Smiley)


…and arrived at Eliszi’s fun fair theatre (Eliszi’s Jahrmarkttheater), an historical fun fair that also holds a tent for theatre performances.




Cute, hum? Smiley I can’t visit a fun fair without buying Magenbrot, a typical German gingerbread-like cookie. It translates literally into “stomach-bread” which actually sounds quite gross – but it tastes great, believe me!


We finally arrived at the railway station.

The tiny train at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart

OF COURSE they don’t have a huge railway at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart but a 15-inch narrow-gauge one and two steam and two diesel locomotives. And after more than 20 years, I was back on track:

Riding the train at Killesbergpark in Stuttgart

Wohooooo! Awesome train ride! Two thumbs up. If only my granny could have been with us.

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The name of our little train was Schwoabapfeil by the way, which translates into ” Swabian arrow”…

After this, uhm… “wild” ride on our “arrow” we decided to take it easy and went over to the “Valley of the Roses” (Tal der Rosen).

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This is where the city of Stuttgart offers free yoga classes in summer – and where they have sun beds on the grass.

Is there a better way to end a lovely day than watching the sun go down on a sun bed in a beautiful park with a good old friend? Smiley


More information about:

Höhenpark Killesberg

Competition of the most beautiful dahlia 2014 (only in German)

Eliszi’s Jahrmarkttheater (only in German)

Killesberg railway (only in German)


Hello and welcome to "living in Stuttgart". I am Mel and I love this beautiful city. There are so many things to explore, I can't wait sharing them with you. So come along and let me show you Stuttgart the way I see it.

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